Former Fairholme Fund Managers Form New Firm

January 19, 2011 ( - Larry Pitkowsky and Keith Trauner, former portfolio managers of the Fairholme Fund, have announced the formation of GoodHaven Capital Management, LLC.

According to the announcement, GoodHaven is an investment firm which will have a focused portfolio management strategy and a “go anywhere” mandate, using the tested investment concepts of intrinsic value and margin of safety. GoodHaven plans to take on management of separate accounts for high net worth individuals, institutions, and retirement accounts on or before February 15, 2011, and also expects to launch this strategy in a no-load mutual fund early in the second quarter of 2011.   

Pitkowsky joined Fairholme in 1999 and was a Portfolio Manager with the Fairholme Fund from 2002 until 2007 and a member of the firm’s portfolio management team from 1999 until 2007. He also held various other positions, including CEO of FCM Services, an affiliate of Fairholme. Previously, Pitkowsky worked at Paine Webber as a VP of Investments and Portfolio Manager. He received his BS in Accounting from Rutgers University.   

Trauner joined Fairholme in 1999 and was a Portfolio Manager of the Fairholme Fund from 2006 to 2008. During his tenure at Fairholme, he also served as a Senior Analyst, Portfolio Manager, and Chief Financial Officer of the firm. Trauner was also an Officer and Director of Fairholme Funds, Inc., parent company of the Fairholme Fund. Prior to Fairholme, he was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of an investment advisory subsidiary of a private bank in New York. He received his BA in History from Middlebury College.